Fat shamed blogger lands book deal for a book about teaching online kindness. Instead of stop cyberbullying, we need to focus on how to teach kindness.
286 days ago, I published 12 Secrets Happily Married Women Know on The Huffington Post.
280 days ago, I looked at the comments. Some of them had nothing to do with my article or marriage and everything to do with my weight and how I had looked in my wedding dress.
209 days ago, I pulled myself away from being sad and embarrassed and ashamed because of these comments and I wrote a second article, I Wrote An Article About Marriage And All Anyone Noticed Is That I’m Fat on xoJane, calling out my cyberbullies and saying that we can do better than talking about each other’s bodies at first contact and that we should be kinder to each other online. That article went viral, which I think says a lot about the world we live in.
207 days ago my story was featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition.
199 days ago my tweens asked if they could be online. And as I considered sending them into the same space where I was shamed and saddened and embarrassed, I realized I had a golden chance to take lemons–being called fat online–and make lemonade–write a guide for teaching our kids how to be kind online.
And that’s exactly what I did. My lemonade is called Kindness Wins. I pitched it to a small publisher, Booktrope Publishing, who agreed to take it and me on saying that they believe that kindness wins, too.
And today, Kindness Wins is officially released and launched and here!
When my boxes of books arrived yesterday, I didn’t realize how emotional I would feel. Parker barked relentlessly at the lady who was delivering the books and I tried to explain to her what they were and why I was teary but I had a hard time getting my words together. We were pretty much a hot mess and more than likely not the highlight of the nice delivery lady’s day. But, my goodness, was she ever mine.
Thank you for helping celebrate my launch day and thank you for being the kind of people who ensure that kindness will, indeed, always win.
Kindness Wins is officially available everywhere that books are sold! Start here. #kindnesswins
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